Published March 14, 2022
Kudos to Assistant Professor Maria Y. Rodriguez and colleagues on the publication of a special issue of the Journal of Community Practice, which they co-edited, entitled "Digital Organizing: Definitions, Applications, Methods and Ethics."
Rodriguez, M. Y., Storer, H., & Shelton, J. (Eds.) (2021). Digital organizing: Definitions, applications, methods and ethics [Special issue]. Journal of Community Practice, 29(3).
The articles in this special issue illustrate how digital technologies, including social media, have impacted the ways individuals, groups, and communities come together to advocate and effect social change. Individually, these articles showcase key areas where social work scholarship has elevated the potential of digital technologies to spearhead substantive structural, social, and organizational change. Collectively, they offer a gentle nudge for our profession to take a more proactive role in integrating digital technologies in meaningful ways and advocating for digital justice. The social work profession is at a critical crossroads where we can take a proactive role in influencing the ethical use of digital technologies to benefit social good and advance social change, rather than be reactive to the whims of technology companies and developers that thus far, have dictated the rules of digital engagement and participation.